What is the importance of south facing slopes when it comes to elk an mule deer? The more I read, and watch shows on hunting them, it seems like everyone is talking about south facing slopes. Just wondering!
In hunting season the days are colder, southern facing slopes are the first area to get the sun. Giving the animal a chance to warm up and eat. Southern facing slopes get the most sun, keeping the snow melted and are generally more open.
North facing slopes receive the least amount of sun and keep the snow longer, they tend to have the densest cover.
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Ditto what GUTPYLS says, after feeding during nite and early morn they head into thick stuff on North and East slopes to hide from us and heat. Conversly when its been cold or bad weather they'll head straight to South and West slopes to warm and feed
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...